PITCH

MWPA’s Pitch offers writers the chance to pitch their manuscripts or book proposals to agents from leading NYC-based literary agencies and editors from some of Maine’s largest publishers. Pitch provides the rare opportunity to make a literary pitch face-to-face in Maine, to make connections with agents, editors, and other writers, and to gain insider knowledge on the publishing industry.

Pitch will be held Saturday, September 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Glickman Library on the University of Southern Maine campus in Portland.

FREE-TO-MEMBERS PANEL At 2:30 p.m., all attendees and all MWPA members are welcome to attend a free panel discussion featuring Tristram Coburn, Monica Odom, Anjali Singh, and Saba Sulaiman, and moderated by Celia Johnson.


Agents & Editors

  • Michelle Brower, Aevitas FULL / WAIT LIST ONLY
  • Tristram Coburn, Tilbury House Publishers
  • Samantha Fingerhut, Compass Talent
  • Annie Hwang, Folio Literary Management FULL / WAIT LIST ONLY
  • Genevieve Morgan, Islandport Press FULL / WAIT LIST ONLY
  • Monica Odom, Liza Dawson Associates FULL / WAIT LIST ONLY
  • Anjali Singh, Ayesha Pande Literary FULL/WAIT LIST ONLY
  • Alexa Stark, Trident Media
  • Wendy Strothman, The Strothman Agency FULL/WAIT LIST ONLY
  • Saba Sulaiman, Talcott Notch Literary Services FULL/WAIT LIST ONLY

More on Our Agents & Editors

Click here for the biographies and professional interests of all our participating agents & editors.


Schedule

Each agent/editor will be available for 7-minute pitch sessions. Available time slots will be from 9:00 a.m. to 9:50 a.m., from 10:15 a.m. to 11:05 a.m., from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m., and from 1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. Example: you could reserve 9:50 a.m. to 9:57 a.m. with Annie Hwang and 10:45 a.m. to 10:52 a.m. with Michelle Brower.

At 2:30 p.m., all attendees and all MWPA members are welcome to attend a free panel discussion featuring Tristram Coburn, Monica Odom, Anjali Singh, and Saba Sulaiman, and moderated by Celia Johnson.


Registration Options

Each pitch session lasts seven minutes. Please note that you may not sign up for multiple consecutive pitch sessions with the same agent/editor, and may not pitch the same project to the same agent/editor more than once.

→ One pitch: MWPA Member $65 | Nonmember $95

→ Two pitches: MWPA Member $105 | Nonmember $140

→ Three pitches: MWPA Member $135 | Nonmember $165

→ Four pitches: MWPA Member $175 | Nonmember $205

→ Five pitches: MWPA Member $205 | Nonmember $235

→ Six pitches: MWPA Member: $235 | Nonmember $265


Registration

Registration will be open to existing* MWPA members ONLY from May 29 to June 8, Tuesdays-Fridays, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Registration will be open to MWPA members and the public from June 12 to September 12, Tuesdays-Fridays, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

[*While we are always happy to welcome new members, the May 29 to June 8 MWPA members-only registration period is open to existing members, which means new members may not join and register for PITCH at the same time during that period, and must wait until the general registration period.]

HOW TO REGISTER
To register for the 2018 PITCH, please call the MWPA at 207.228.8263 to check availability and to reserve your preferred agents and/or editors and time slots.

When you call:

  • Please have your selections for agents and/or editors ready
  • Please have your preferred time slots ready
  • If you leave a voice mail with your selections, it does not mean your time slots will be reserved (you must speak with a staff member directly to confirm availability)
  • If you leave a voice mail and do not leave your phone number, you may not be called back (as we may not have your phone number on file)
  • Payment must be made by MasterCard/Visa over the phone when you register in order for your time slots to be reserved.

*Amex/Discover: If you are only able to pay via American Express or Discover card, please inquire about our options.

*Checks: If you are only able to pay via check, please inquire about our options.

*Please don’t forget to review our cancellation policies before registering.


Scholarships

The MWPA is pleased to offer three scholarships to the 2018 PITCH.

  • Two 3-pitch scholarships are available for MWPA members-only. MWPA will make every effort to ensure that scholarship recipients are placed with their preferred agents and time slots.  Scholarships are awarded on a combination of need and merit. Applications are due in the MWPA office on July 2 at 9:00 a.m. MORE INFORMATION →
  • One 3-pitch scholarship is available for a writer from a marginalized/underrepresented group currently living in Maine who can demonstrate financial need. This scholarship is open to both MWPA members AND nonmembers. It is open exclusively to people of color, indigenous, LGBTQ+, or disabled writers and is generously sponsored by participating agent Saba Sulaiman. The statement of need should address why this scholarship is a good fit for the applicant. Applications are on the honor system; if the MWPA learns that any part of an application is false, it will be disqualified. MWPA will make every effort to ensure that the scholarship recipient is placed with their preferred agents and time slots. Scholarships are awarded on a combination of need and merit. Applications are due in the MWPA office on July 2 August 10 at 9:00 a.m. MORE INFORMATION →

FAQs

*Please Note: The MWPA presents this event as a professional networking opportunity, and makes no guarantee that participation will lead to representation or publication. No refunds can be given because an agent or editor does not select a participant’s work for representation or publication.

Who should attend the 2018 PITCH?
Writers with a completed manuscript, or, for nonfiction books, a completed query letter and/or book proposal.

You do not need to bring your manuscript or nonfiction query letter and proposal with you to your pitch session, as agents/editors will expect that you will be able to send them a completed manuscript or proposal immediately after the event, if they ask for it. You may want to have extra copies of your nonfiction query letter and/or proposal with you, but they should only be given to agents and editors who directly request them.

*Please note: novelists, short story writers, memoirists, middle grade, and YA writers may choose to register for a pitch session without a final draft of a manuscript, though it is not ideal. The MWPA recommends writers have at least an outline of their full project so they can pitch it effectively, as well as 50 polished pages of their project ready to be sent out, should an agent or editor request them. If the agent or editor likes those 50 pages and requests the entire manuscript, this approach risks that the agent’s or editor’s interest could wane by the time the project is complete, though it still may be helpful that they have met the writer in person at PITCH. If you have any questions or hesitations, please call the MWPA. 

Who should NOT attend the 2018 PITCH?
Poets. None of the participating agents & editors represent or accept poetry (however, happily, most publishers of poetry do accept unsolicited manuscripts!). Screenwriters and playwrights are also not recommended to attend.

How do I decide which agent/editor might be the best fit for my writing?
Please carefully read all information provided by the MWPA on agents and editors that interest you here, to ensure that your work fits their interests. The MWPA recommends looking over their agency’s or publisher’s website as well. It is often helpful to examine an agent’s and editor’s list of clients to determine if they represent authors with projects similar to your own.

Selection of which agent or editor to meet with is solely up to the attendee; refunds cannot be offered for selections an attendee later regrets.

How should I prepare for my pitch session(s)?
The email confirming each PITCH attendee’s registration will include links to several resources with advice on how to pitch. We recommend all attendees utilize these links, as well as undertake their own research. Preparation is, ultimately, the responsibility of each attendee.

What possible responses to my pitch should I expect from an agent/editor?
Agents and editors may request that you send them sample pages, or even a full manuscript. They may offer you brief feedback on your project or pitch. Or they may simply thank you for your time.

The MWPA presents this event as a professional networking opportunity, and makes no guarantee that participation will lead to representation or publication. No refunds can be given because an agent or editor does not select a participant’s work for representation or publication.

If I want to apply for a scholarship, should I also register and pay to reserve my preferred agent?
If you will be unable to attend PITCH without financial aid, no need to register; we will make every effort to ensure that each of the three scholarship recipients is able to pitch their top choice(s) of agents and editors (including those listed as “full/wait list only”). However, we cannot guarantee this. If you would like to 100% guarantee that you will be able to pitch your top choice(s) of agents and editors, then you should register, and if you receive a scholarship, we will refund you for up to three pitches.

QUESTIONS
If you do not see the answer to your query above, please call 207-228-8263 or email Hannah Perry at perry@mainewriters.org


The Fine Print

Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance presents this event as a professional networking opportunity, and makes no guarantee that participation will lead to representation or publication. No refunds will be given because an agent or editor does not select a participant’s work for representation or publication.

CANCELLATIONS
A nonrefundable fee of 25% is included in each registration. Partial refunds (75% of the pitch session cost) will be granted for cancellations made by 9 AM on September 21. Cancellations made after this cannot be refunded, no matter how compelling the reason. Please email or call the MWPA at perry@mainewriters.org or 207-228-8263 if you need to cancel.

CONFERENCE CANCELLATION
If the conference does not meet a minimum enrollment, it may be canceled up to two business days (48 hours) prior to the event. If a conference is canceled by the MWPA for any reason, all registrants will receive a full refund.

MWPA PROGRAM POLICIES
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